Referring to computer drives in general, good thing to do before installing in the recorder, you’ll have the most recent updates (operational and media compatibility).
Stickies are the permanent subject threads that are always at the top of most discussion forums. The forum moderator(s) will set a thread as a sticky and it will always remain at the top of the forum as it contains relevant information for the forum users. The stickies that would be relevant to you at this moment are the ones on drive compatibility and drive replacement.
For Liteon recorders, any Liteon drive model under model 1693 (2005) are considered older ones that are fully functional. Newer ones start at 160P, 165 (2006) etc… and they work but no fast forward, a small inconvenience, I set chapters every 5 minutes and if I need to FF, I’ll chapter up and rewind back.
There’s other compatible drive brands, usually manufactured by Liteon for others (like Sony).
Some Liteon (and clones) hardrive recorders will allow you to put a larger HDD, you’ll need to format it and load system files via the computer first. Here’s how I did mine, posted this before for others but not sure if this works with the 5027, it might.
[I]"My experience is working with ILO HD04 (80GB), a cloned Liteon half the size of the 5045. I’ve supersized 4 of them (2 at 250, one at 200 and 1 at 160). Bare with me as I’m no techie but I manage to work with the tools and knowledge I’ve got.
- extract the system files off of the current HDD onto your computer.
- Back-up all your recordings on disc or erase your recordings.
- Do a full erase of your HDD while still in the recorder
- Remove HDD and plug into your PC and copy the system folder most likely called LITEONFAT and it’s around 5 GB in size give or take.
- Format new HDD
- Plug new HDD in PC and run FDISK to the largest size, set it “active” and unformated.
- Download fat32format from http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/dow...at32format.zip.
- Unzip and save .exe file on your c drive.
- Click Start->Run and enter cmd. CD to where you extracted the fat32format exe, e.g. by typing CD /D c:\
- In DOS Prompt, type (respect the spaces) this for 64k cluster size, fat32format -c128 f: (replace f: with your appropriate drive letter) You’ll get a warning notice saying “Warning ALL data on drive ‘f’ will be lost irretrievably, are you sure (y/n)” answer yes (y) and in a flash you will see results similar to these;
“Size : 250GB 488392002 sectors
512 Bytes Per Sector, Cluster size bytes (65??? for 64k cluster)
Volume ID is 1bdb:2c1d
32 Reserved Sectors, 59604 Sectors per FAT, 2 fats
7629261 Total clusters
7629260 Free Clusters
Formatting drive f:…
Clearing out 119304 sectors for Reserved sectors, fats and root cluster…
Wrote 61083648 bytes in 0.988463 seconds, 61796609.106193 bytes/sec
Initialising reserved sectors and FATs…
3- Copy LITEONFAT file onto new drive and install in the recorder, you’re ready to go !!!
Now some more info, because your recorder is a 80GB (I think) if ever you ever do a full erase with a bigger HDD in it, it will only reformat 80GB of it, that means you would need to go over this process to get the full size. That means from now on, erase individual titles and not the whole HDD.
If ever in the future, by some sheer bad luck, your HDD completely fails and you have no back-up files, do steps 1 and 2 and install in your recorder, do a full erase, this will write the files on the HDD (but only to 80GB) but at least you can backup the system files and then repeat all steps above for full size of your HDD." [/I]
If your hardrive ever fails and just want to replace it with one of the same size, all you need to do is install it and do a full erase of the HDD and that process will reformat and install the system files on the HDD.